Welcome to December!

#SciFi #IndieAuthor #Update #Blog #AmWriting

This will be a short post – I’m fighting off a migraine and staring at the computer screen is making my squishy brain, even more-so.

Here are a few updates for you:

Good News: Just in case you didn’t know, “The Korpes File,” recently won Best Sci-Fi in the ‘Authors Talk About It’ – Book Award Contest. Also, I had a 10-minute radio interview with Mike Murphy of “Stoke FM,” and I had my first ‘in-store’ book signing. Thanks to Vanessa and those who purchased copies at ‘Grizzly Books,’ it was a big success. Thanks too, to my sister’s in crime, Lena B., and Cindy P., for supplying me with water, coffee, and bonbons afterward.


Other Writing Projects


So, where is book two, Jenn?
It’s about 4/5ths done – I had two characters hijack things and declare shenanigans. I’m sorting out the civil disobedience charges now and weeding out the short story material from what will remain in the book.
Oh yeah, I’m also wearing two wrist braces to offset carpal tunnel discomfort. It’s slowed me down.
All I can say is… ‘soon.’

Bunnies and dragons will be sooner.

But, it’s all good. There are new books – well, one’s new, and the other is a collection that includes “TKF” in with a bunch of sci-fi, fantasy, speculative fiction. I’ve added the details below.

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  • “Last Horizon – Collapse”, is a near-Earth, post-apocalyptic short story that I’m co-writing with S. A. Gibson. It is due to be released December 12th, so go and grab a pre-order if you want to see what we’ve cooked up between us.
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  • “On the Horizon” is a much larger venture. “The Korpes File” will be included in this box set, along with the works of twenty-one other talented, international authors. Pre-orders are available now; the release date is May.

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January will see the release of Issue 2, Volume 1, and it will contain…
I am now soliciting votes for what you’d like to read.

  1. A continuation on last issue’s “Protocol 9”.
  2. “The Demonstration” – what happened outside the Symposium on that faithful day.
  3. A glimpse of someone’s past
    – Vivienne Kruvic
    – Captain James Narcisco
    – Evan Stannic
  4. “The Bride Bribe” – the story behind the first, infamous Harlo wedding.
  5. Something else – let me know at: tamyrh_quarterly@jirogers-author.com

Well, that’s it for now.

Cheers,
J. I. Rogers

Sept updates and a few snippets of interest.

#Updates #SciFi #IndieAuthor #IndieBooks #SocialMedia #Petition #AmazonReviews #Newsletter


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September is shaping up to be a busy month for me; revisions on books two and three are picking up again, I’ve agreed to put together a large-scale, gallery exhibition for next summer, and I’m in the process of completing two separate illustration commissions. I’m also gathering material and images for the first issue of my quarterly newsletter/zine. All of this abundance, and I have the privilege of participating in a month long promotion with fourteen fantastic indie authors.

For more information, click on the image.


a worthy petition

Back in June, a petition requesting that Amazon reconsider its heavy-handed method of removing reviews was circulated.  I signed it then, but I thought it would be a good time to bring it back into the light in case some of you missed it. There are only a couple of hundred signatures needed to send it off.

The following is what I had to say at the time:

“Dear Amazon,
I review the books I’ve enjoyed and ‘following’ the Authors on social media is the best way to stay current with the material they produce – especially when they are Indie Authors.

If reviews are going to be taken down because of this, it not only wastes the reviewers time and energy but demonstrates that you are guilty of pushing a bias/agenda of your own – one that favors the large publishing houses over the self-published. Is it only about the money? You are a company, you’re there to make money, and ‘The Big 5’ have large advertising budgets. What about providing service? Indie Authors require the reviews to become visible on Amazon. By following my favorites, the only prejudice I’m showing is my preference in reading material and style. This strong-arm method you’ve deployed not only prevents the new author from finding a place in the market via your algorithms, but it also keeps them from improving through constructive critique.

I’m sure there are reviews out there that are done by well-meaning family members or purchased via book sites, but I dare say it’s not the norm. Credit us, the purchasers, with some intelligence; most of us are smart enough to recognize a proud grandma or a bot. We’re certainly capable of spotting trolls.

Amazon, leave the reviews alone.
Thank you for your time.
Cheers,
Jenn Rogers, aka ‘Mythspinner'”


“TAMYRH QUARTERLY” – THE FANS OF THE 942 SERIES NEWSLETTER

Would you like to subscribe? If so click on the image and sign up.

As you can see, I finally picked a name. Now for the results from the “I want to see – First Story” Poll for the newsletter/zine. (Insert drum-roll)

  • Something from ‘The Seep’ – 5 votes – WINNER
  • Something about ‘Clan Destine’ – 4 votes
  • An early Nash or Davis story – 3 votes
  • Something about ‘Roz and Nash’s Family’ – 3 votes

FEATURES – I’ll reiterate for those of you who can’t read the micro-print on the cover.

  • Protocol 9
    A short story set four years before the beginning of The Korpes File.
    Length: >4200 Words
    A base-camp goes silent, deep inside the boundaries of the fetid jungle known as ‘The Seep’. Colonel Kael Sunder and his crew are deployed to find out what happened, and, if necessary terminate all survivors.
  • Aldus Interviews
    A Chief Inspector with Korlune Internal Security, gifted with unusual intuitive abilities, ‘interviews’ other characters from the series. This issue’s subject is Ashley Harlo, primary med-tech assigned to the Armatus Project and heiress to the Harlo fortune.
  • From The Desk Of 
    Royce Malvyne, retired KMR&D comptroller, shares some of his caricatures of his fellow characters.
  • Newsfeed
    Home to links, polls, and other interactive material. Feedback is welcome.
    Thank you, everyone, who voted (especially those of you who tried to do it twice).

SOCIAL MEDIA SELF-HELP ARTICLES

When it comes to understanding and learning to use social media to promote your books/art, there is a lot of information to wade through. Everyone and their sacred goat seems to have books, blogs, videos offering up their hard-earned wisdom. Sadly, there isn’t enough time in the day to go through it all, so I’ve picked two of the best I’ve found in the last few weeks.


10 Essential Tips to Avoid Being Blocked by Facebook and being sent to “Facebook Jail”… and don’t fall asleep reading the fine print rules.
Por Eugenia Skaf | Blogger at Postcron.com

I’ve done enough ‘liking’ to have spent time in Facebook jail on more than one occasion. The linked article below is the most comprehensive one I’ve seen on how to avoid it
Thanks, S. A. Gibson, for sending this to me while you were experiencing the blue-thumb ban. Click on the image to open the article.


25 Ways to Get the Most Out of Twitter
By Pamela DeLoatch on April 19, 2015, @pameladel

Twitter appears to be something you either love or hate. This article provides a solid concept on how to tackle the 140 character barriers and connect with your followers. I noted there were other topics of interest on this site, but I haven’t had a chance to check them out, yet. Click on the image to open the article.


That’s it for now.
Cheers,
J. I. Rogers